The shelf on top hiding the hanging rod looks much nicer than an exposed hanging rod. Don't like the soap and iron down low. [maybe the laundry room is our closet? or just all the hanging clothes in there.
Wicker storage unit between the washer and dryer. A little light weight for heavy detergent, but a perfect spot for missing socks and dryer sheets. It could also work well for small tools and home maintenance items.